Mike Carone joined the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in November 2018, bringing his expertise in government relations at the state, local and federal levels. As Manager of Government Relations, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies on state legislative and regulatory issues of concern to CDIA members.

Prior to joining CDIA, Michael served as a legislative liaison at the Department of Social Services in Connecticut—the State’s largest agency, which administers billions in state and federal funds annually. In this role, he worked with multiple committees of the Connecticut General Assembly, the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy, the Office of Policy and Management, the Attorney General’s office, other government agencies, as well as numerous lobbyists and advocates in researching, preparing, monitoring and implementing legislation. This included state-funded programs and a number of large federally-funded programs (Medicaid, SNAP, HHS grants) across multiple agencies at that level. Prior to the Department of Social Services, Michael was involved with several projects, such as the development of health information technology systems, business process reviews and change innovation management.

Michael holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Trinity College, an Executive Education certification in the Business Mastery Program from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University.